Why are Japanese people unable to communicate well in a global situation?At times like this, you can see that there are many people who believe that it is their English ability.
Japanese people are under the impression that they are not good at English, but in reality, their knowledge level is relatively high compared to the rest of the world according to test results.You can see that there are many people who are very good at grammar knowledge and vocabulary.In fact, the six years of compulsory education have not been wasted.
However, it doesn't actually come out of your mouth = that's why you can't communicate because of English = that's why it's English.I tend to perceive that.It can be said that the stereotype is hindering the improvement of English.
Here, we will introduce the reasons why Japanese people think that they cannot speak English and how to solve them.
- For historical reasons in Japan, there is no custom to verbalize everything
- Even after the birth of a language, cherishing the "beauty of silence"
- "So what?" expression that loses in global society
- Why this custom doesn't work on the continent
- The first thing to do in order to have global communication as a Japanese person
For historical reasons in Japan, there is no custom to verbalize everything
If you compare the history of Japan and the history of the continent, you will find that all the answers are hidden.
Here, I will tell you that it is not all countries because Japan is divided into "countries on many continents".
But in fact, Japan has proven itself as the most yes context culture in the world.
This research was done in Europe and the United States more than ten years ago, but Japanese people speak in infinite languages.When I try to figure out why, I find something surprising.
Japan has been in the Jomon period since 1 years ago, but even before that, the lifestyle of a farming people has been established.People lived on nuts, vegetables, and fish, sharing their lives with their neighbors, but at the time, there was no such thing as language.People read the other person's message with a feeling of air and physical movement.It is said that such an era continued for 10 years.
On the continent, during the Jomon period in Japan, human society was established from the Mesopotamian civilization, people from different countries used languages, and people from different countries communicated with each other using a tool called "words."
In short, there has been such a big difference since this era.
- Japan: Communicate with the feeling of air and body movements without using words
- Countries on Many Continents: Use Languages and Communicate
Even after the birth of a language, cherishing the "beauty of silence"
After that, a beautiful language was born in Japan as well.The etymology of Japanese has not been clarified yet, and the Chinese theory is that although Chinese characters are Chinese, their grammar and sound are completely different, and they are not proved, and they are also called Ainu and Altai. Its history is unknown.In linguistics, it is referred to as an "independent language."
Its independent language, Japanese, has a variety of confusing and profound meanings.
For example, various sounds can be distinguished and used as "insect voice", and the light seen from trees can be used as "sunbeams". These expressions are unique to Japan.In addition to that, the meaning of "silence" is sniffed according to the situation.This is something that only Japanese people can do.
Sometimes, "reading the air" is required, and "seeing" is becoming obligatory.
And the history of valuing "neighbors" = "regions" and not requiring communication with the outside has had a great influence on the present age, and many Japanese people still have "communication with the outside". I'm not very good at it.
"So what?" expression that loses in global society
Among them, Japanese people start talking on the premise that the other person will understand, with the feeling that "you should understand without saying".Therefore, Japanese is very abstract and difficult to understand, and when it comes to English, it ends up with a conversation method like "So what?".
For example, when people say, "I just like lying on the beach," we Japanese are laid-back people who lie down on the beach and enjoy thinking about emotional things. You may have a good impression, but if you translate this into English, it's really strange. "I like just lying on the beach." There is no continuation after that, so "and what?"In a more straightforward way, if you ask, "I like to eat," we say, oh, this person is a colorful person.You may be impressed, but in English, it says "I like to eat."In that case, it would be "everybody likes to eat, rather, everybody has to eat to live!".That said, he doesn't wait to read, even if he's a rich food person.
Not only does this look very strange to the other person, but it also gives the negative impression that "this person is a bad person who can't speak properly".
Why this custom doesn't work on the continent
There are many Japanese who unknowingly go abroad and fail in this habit.
If you can't talk at all, you can avoid it, it seems strange, and sometimes you get angry.As a Japanese, I don't want to make waves, I don't want to make corners, I care about the other person, and I don't speak.
Many people may have such sad feelings.
First of all, in the history of the continent, communication using language = common sense and manners I think this way.Asking someone to understand without telling you is extremely selfish, selfish, and wastes the other person's time and effort.
The etymology of the continent's linguistic history is not clear.However, it is clear that by the time Japan communicated without language, there was already a systematic language and scholarship.
Therefore, people on the continent have learned at the genetic level to be able to think rationally about things and to verbalize them. I feel that.
The first thing to do in order to have global communication as a Japanese person
- To know the fact that you do not know
The country of Japan, which is separated from the continent by the sea, has long been isolated.Even in modern times, information is slow and uncertain, and for that reason people behave as if they know everything, so they don't learn.I believe that it is in English that I can't communicate globally, and I only learn it, but of course, forever.International communication cannot be done at the same level as the continent.The first is to honestly admit that you don't know and learn.
- Understanding history and clearly verbalizing the differences from the continent
- Learning to think and change your perspective
- Use the language correctly
- On top of that, learn the language and clarify the "difference" without deceiving it.
- Abandon the idea that "people are the same, so you can do something with your senses"
This learning of cross-cultural communication is necessary in the global society of modern Japan.